UPCOMING EVENTS

UNDERSTANDING AND NAVIGATING YOUR FINANCES
Understanding the Issues
Financial experts Elaine Eisner and Nan Cohen will answer your questions about your finances: Don’t know where your money is or where it should be? What do our children/loved ones need to know and when? How will the new tax laws affect my charitable giving? How should I handle market fluctuations?
Date:    Wednesday, May 9
Time:   1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place:   Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Cleveland
RSVP:  Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
For more information, contact Cindy Glazer at cindyuglazer@gmail.com  or Roz Grossner at rozgrossner@gmail.com
BE THE VOICE. SEE THE CHANGE.
Annual Meeting & Brunch Buffet
124 years and still going strong !  In June, we will thank our wonderful outgoing Co-Presidents Myrna Arlen Bloch and Susie Gordon and welcome new NCJW/Cleveland President Elaine Geller as she and her officers are installed.
Date:  Wednesday, June 13
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Beechmont Country Club, 29600 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood
Watch for your Invitation in the mail!
MEMBERSHIP
Leslie Levine, Vice President

Welcome New Annual Members:
Michele Klein, Amy Mayers, Betty Schechter
PROGRAM AND EDUCATION
Barbara Shane, Vice President

JOIN THE BOOK GROUP: IT'S A PAGE TURNER!  
The NCJW Book Group meets the first Thursday of each month (except July and August). Led by Amy Rosenfield, the discussion is open only to NCJW members. There is no fee to participate, however we collect an optional donation ($5 suggested) per session for our moderator.
Date:  Thursday, May 3
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place: Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
Book: Brass by Xhenet Aliu
Chair: Susan Kahn

Future dates and book selections:
June 7: The Past by Tessa Hadley
THRIFTIQUE
Abbe Froimson, Store Manager

Lots of new treasures here! Terrific material for re-finishing projects!

Drop off donations at the NCJW Warehouse, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts. Call for a free furniture pickup at 216-378-2264.

Shop at Thriftique Thursday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 5055 Richmond Rd., Bedford Hts.

Note: We are always looking for VOLUNTEERS . If interested, contact Becky Brouman at rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org or 216-378-2204, ext. 105.
ADVOCACY
Roberta Herman, Vice President

GREATER CLEVELAND CONGREGATIONS
Your NCJW/GCC Team helped organize more than 50 of our members to participate in the March of Our Lives last month. Now, we need you to bring that energy to several powerful events in Cleveland, beginning with this crucial one to bring attention to the needs of several Cleveland Metropolitan Schools, from needed crossing guards (several kids have been hit by cars) to providing after-school activities for kids too scared to go home after school.
Date:  Tuesday, May 8
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (To carpool, meet in Fairmount Temple’s parking lot by 6:10 p.m.)
Place: Collinwood High School, 15210 St Clair Ave., Cleveland
RSVP:  Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
For information: Contact Lynn Kleinman , lekchoral@aol.com
CEO Gordon and the media will be at Collinwood.
VOTE ON TUESDAY, MAY 8!
Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote
This is our chance to end gerrymandering and to select candidates and judges. (If you have no party affiliation, request an Issues Only ballot) and vote YES on Issue 1 to end gerrymandering. Click Here for non-partisan ratings of judicial candidates for Cuyahoga County courts and The Ohio Supreme Court.
Date:  Tuesday, May 8 at your polling location. For early voting, Click Here
Place: To find your location, Click Here
Contact: Event co-chairs Rita Rome at 917-553-7351 or Barbara Friedman Yaksic at 216-403-1142. See you at the polls!
FOCUS ON FOSTER CARE
Planning a Purple Project!
Help us plan the annual Purple Project, which will be held on June 14-15. This is a convention where foster youth from Ohio who are getting ready to emancipate, attend workshops and learn about resources available to them. Please let us know if you are interested in planning and/or facilitating a workshop. Contact Marilyn Oif at marilynoif@gmail.com  or Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger at JeannieCk@aol.com .

Join us to facilitate self-esteem workshops at Bellefaire and Beech Brook this month:
• Session 1: Mondays, April 16 - May 7 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Bellefaire, 22001 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland
• Session 2: Wednesdays, May 16- June 6 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Bellefaire, 22001 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland
• Session 3: Wednesdays April 18- May 9 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Beech Brook, 3737 Lander Rd., Cleveland
Contact Marilyn Oif at marilynoif@gmail.com
 
Have magazines or catalogs that you don’t need? Please drop them off at the NCJW office for students to use to create their vision boxes.
STATE POLICY ADVOCATE
The legislative group will be meeting with some of our elected officials in the Cleveland area. We’ll gather at the NCJW office at 9 a.m. before heading out to our meetings. We are generally done by 11:30 a.m., although some meetings may be later in the day with legislators. Issues include gun violence legislation, reproductive choice legislation, and possibly others. No previous experience is necessary.
Date: Friday, May 11
Time:  9:00 a.m.
Place: Meet at the NCJW office, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
Contact: Susan Reis at sixreis@gmail.com or 216-570-1192 if you would like to join us or have questions.
COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS - Brown Bag Lunch Series
Come discuss ways to have “courageous conversations” with those who do not see the world the same way you see it. In an increasingly polarized world, explore other perspectives and share yours. This is part of an initiative to explore ways of breaching barriers that divide us. Johanna Goldfarb will be the facilitator.
Date:  Thursday, May 17th
Time:  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Place: NCJW office, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
RSVP:  Call Lisa at the NCJW office at 216-378-2204
Cost: No charge, but space is limited
SAVE THE DATE!
Tea for Peace on Wednesday, June 27
Meet diverse members of our community to share coffee, conversation and understanding. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program will run from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. NCJW and Fairmount Temple will co-sponsor. More info to follow.
COMMUNICATIONS
Leslie Resnik, Vice President

Making National News
Look for it! An Associated Press article quoting NCJW’s Johanna Goldfarb on why she marches for causes today (Women’s March in 2017 and Gun Violence in Schools in March, 2018), and how today’s advocacy marches differ from those in the 1960-70s. 

Making Local News
Johanna and Laura Kuntz were also part of a Cleveland Jewish News article on March 31about Jewish organizations participating in the March 24 Cleveland March.

Check out Designer Dress Days mentioned in Currents as part of a larger feature on “A Pro’s Guide to Cleaning Out Your Closet” written by local fashion icon and The Wardrobe Consultant, Hallie Abrams .
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Debbie Joseph, Vice President

HEART PILLOWS FOR PATIENTS WITH BREAST CANCER
Stuff pillows and make cards for patients who are battling breast cancer. No sewing skills necessary!
Date: Friday, May 11
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Place: NCJW Office, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
Chairs: Joanne Grossberg and Linda Stavis
RSVP: Contact Lisa at the NCJW office at lhayzlett@ncjwcleveland.org
FIFTH GRADE BOOK CLUB
Are you interested in working with fifth grade girls as they learn to navigate great books and responsibility to a group?
Pair with two other volunteers and 6-8 students and meet monthly during lunch to discuss high-interest books. Mandatory training provided over the summer. Contact chair Liz Rumizen at erumisin@yahoo.com get on the list! 
DIGKNITTY (Knitters)
Join our fun and talented group. We work tirelessly to provide warm clothing, blankets and comfort toys to many organizations who distribute them to families and children who are in need.
Dates: Wednesday, May 2; Thursday, May 10; Wednesday, May 16; Thursday, May 24; Wednesday, May 30
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Place: NCJW office, 26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Hts.
Contact: Sandy Levine at grammasandy1@yahoo.com
BRING YOUR GENTLY USED SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO NCJW!
The teachers at the schools we work with could use your “gently used” school supplies as backups in their classrooms! Bring them to NCJW and we will gladly hold them until August. We will give them to teachers in economically challenged areas so they can help the students who just can’t buy new school supplies each fall.
DDD
Jill Braun, Michele Kaminsky and Kelly Markowitz
Co-Vice Presidents

50 YEARS AND GOING STRONG!
Donate today!
FUND DEVELOPMENT
Wendie Forman, Vice President

HANNAH'S SOCIETY HONORS NCJW FOUNDER
This year we began a new NCJW/Cleveland Annual Fund Giving level, Hannah’s Society , named after the founder of NCJW, Hannah G. Solomon. Hannah’s Society is comprised of donors who contribute $1,800 or more annually to ensure that NCJW/Cleveland continues to improve the quality of life for women, children and families.

We are very excited to announce that we have 21 inaugural members! We are grateful to these members for their generosity and commitment to the work of NCJW/Cleveland. If you are interested in joining this distinguished list, please contact Mindi Axner at 216-378-2204, ext. 103 to discuss.

Volunteer Recognition Brunch
In Celebration of Israel's 70th -
The Art Of Rudi Weissenstein Event
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BULLETIN EDITORS: Jen Boroff, Lisa Hayzlett, Enid Yurman
EDITORIAL MANAGER: Leslie Resnik